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Max: “I found the book on my shelf and wanted to… –

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October is almost gone!

October is almost gone! Don’t miss out on this month’s horror display.

What makes a good horror story?  In my estimation it is the story’s proximity to real life:  Could this really happen?

Monsters and ghosts are never as fearsome as the mental derangement of a friend, neighbor, family member, or of one’s self.

Check out some of the classics

  • Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Or check out more contemporary works

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • or several selections by Stephen King, the king of horror!

Selections can be checked out in traditional form, or one-click for digital format on your device!

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Books | The Great American Read | PBS

Source: Books | The Great American Read | PBS

While I find promotion of reading through a television series a little odd, I love the idea of the Great American Read.  The top 100 novels selected by national survey is broad in scope, but I do question some of the titles that made it to the top 100, feeling this is more a projection of a title’s contemporary popularity rather than the voters’ mindful reflection of best loved novels that might have been read over a lifetime.  The list, however, is otherwise alluring especially to those who wish to be better readers or more prolific readers. has joined in the fun with a matching list providing a user-friendly way to managing your progress, especially in conjunction with their yearly reading challenge. hosts a site wide reading challenge every year beginning in January, allowing participants to elect how many books they would like to read over the course of a year, and track their reading progress along the way.  I’ve found this to be a fantastic way to challenge myself to read more throughout the year, and with each successive year.  Additionally, goodreads members have produced hundreds of themed lists, including the avid reader’s answer to the Great American Read list: The Great American Read – What they missed.